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Lady covering her Breast
Oil on canvas. 1580 - 1590
Tintoretto, Domenico
Lady covering her Breast
Oil on canvas. 1580 - 1590
Tintoretto, Domenico

The two canvases P382 y P384 are by the same artist and were probably intended as a pair. Their meaning can be gleaned from L’arte de Cenni (1616), the most important treatise on gestures of its day, written by the jurist Giovanni Bonifacio. According to Bonifacio, revealing a bare breast signifies sincerity, “as the breast is the location of the heart and when referring to speaking truly and sinc

Lady revealing her Breast
Oil on canvas. 1580 - 1590
Tintoretto, Domenico
Lady revealing her Breast
Oil on canvas. 1580 - 1590
Tintoretto, Domenico

This depiction of an honest courtesan, presents an iconography of increasing interest to art historians in recent decades. With her curly blond hair, bare forehead and pearl necklace, as well as the breast she so generously offers the viewer, the model recalls a young woman whose mother sought to introduce her into the business of high-level prostitution, as described by Veronica Franco (1546-1591

The Baptism of Christ
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1585
Tintoretto, Domenico
The Baptism of Christ
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1585
Tintoretto, Domenico

Dressed in camel skins, Saint John the Baptist baptizes Christ in the River Jordan. According to the New Testament, the Holy Ghost descended at that very moment in the form of a dove —depicted in the upper part of the composition— and a voice was heard from on high, saying: “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3, 13-17; Mark 1, 9-11; Luke 3, 21-22). Previously attributed t

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